The booking process was easy enough, with a great website and full info there. You simply check the availability and book online and pay a deposit to secure your required dates. When you arrive you will also pay a £50 pre authorisation on your credit card, but that's just a deposit and you get that back, provided you leave the bothy as you found it!
For 2 nights in mid season the bothy cost us £220, but when you divide that by 6, it is only £36 each which is bargain tastic for a weekend away.
You can pay for extras too to make your trip extra 'glam', there is a hot tub for each bothy that can be hired for £69 for two nights and also a gas BBQ for hire for £12. We also paid extra for the firewood (being October!!) and that was £7 for a large basket that kept us toasty for the entire weekend.
The weather was actually not that bad for our weekend, nothing like the forecast, so I was a little sad as I would have liked some hot tub time.
There is a small tent pitch and camping pods, tepees and timber tents for hire too if you want a cheaper option or you are a smaller party.
Mark got straight to work with his favorite job, getting the fire started. The fire is essential this time of year as this is what heats the bothy. It did a fantastic job we were too warm most of the time, and the bedroom upstairs was very toasty.
We did however bring the Wii, which we thought was a better idea so that we could all play together and be social. We had a competitive game of Mario Kart!
I always bring with me when any type of camping, a tea towel, washing up sponges, liquid and some sort of antibac spray. Lots of these kind of places provide these, but better to be safe than sorry!
We had easy frozen pizza the first night and then my friend Emma made a delicious veggie curry for our second night, yum!
Couldn't fault the bedroom, beds comfortable and large enough and it was very clean. The pipe from the fire goes up through the bedroom and at one point in the night it was too warm, so heating shouldn't be an issue. They also put in 2 electric heaters in the bedroom and there is a rail for clothes.
When glamping I usually bring a duvet instead of a sleeping bag, I find sleeping bags uncomfortable. It is perfectly acceptable to bring lots of cosy things to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We all brought blankets and slippers too!
Also good idea to bring a sheet to put on the bed, this bedroom had sheets but some places I have been to don't provide them and have horrid plastic mattresses.
The toilet block is central and lit up throughout the night so easy to get to, it is also heated! The shower is fantastic! The hottest most powerful shower I have had for a while. The toilet block is kept very clean but of course it is a wooden barn, so there are insects and it is basic.
Well biking of course! We love this campsite because you leave the farm through the track and you are right on the 7 Stanes Dalbeattie mountain biking trail. Mark and I love biking and have done many of the local trail centres but friends Pam and Emma have never tried it, Pam even admitted to not being on a bike in 20 years! So we 'convinced' them to give it a go.
You can hire decent mountain bikes at Gorsebank, they cost £17 for 4 hours for an adult bile with helmet, this is adequate time to get round blue route if you are a beginner or red for the more advanced.
Above photo is before and underneath is after... all made it in one piece, still smiling!
Mark and I did red route the following day and that is a huge contrast to blue. There are no massive ups or downs, but it is very very technical and rocky! If I am honest it is not my kind of trail, probably my least favorite so far of the 7 Stanes we have tried. But any kind of biking is always fun for me!
There is a lovely walk along the shore and onto Rockcliffe, the next little place along. The interesting thing about Kippford is the beach, it is made entirely of shells! Very odd experience walking on them, you feel a bit sad when you hear the crunching sound!